Over the last year, Oceana has revealed widespread seafood fraud in major U.S. cities. Now, over 500 restaurant owners, including top chefs and icons like Mario Batali, Jacques Pepin, Rick Bayless and Daniel Boulud, signed Oceana’s petition against seafood fraud.
“Seafood mislabeling is one of the most important issues currently facing the culinary industry,” explained Seaver. “It’s an honor to join this list of distinguished names in a plea for a nationwide traceability system that will not only help preserve ocean ecosystems for future generations, but will also increase profits and keep illegal fish out of our restaurants.”
Between May and December of 2011, Oceana staff and supporters collected seafood samples from restaurants, sushi venues and grocery stores across Los Angeles. DNA testing confirmed that 55 percent of the 119 seafood samples collected were mislabeled.
- 100% of fish labeled “snapper” were mislabeled (34 out of 34)
- Almost nine out of every ten sushi samples were mislabeled
- Fraud was detected in 11 out of 18 different types of fish
“These chefs and restaurant owners are taking a stand and saying, ‘Enough is enough. We need better information about our seafood in the U.S. We need traceability,’” said Beth Lowell, campaign director at Oceana. “Tracing our seafood from boat to plate is the only way to ensure that it’s safe, legal and honestly labeled.”
To learn more:
- Read the press release from Oceana: 500 Chefs and Restaurant Owners Join Oceana to Stop Seafood Fraud
- Find the full report on seafood fraud in LA, here: Widespread Seafood Fraud Found in Los Angeles
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